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Veteran finds rhythm

Zanzeer Singh
Monday, February 11, 2013

VETERAN Suresh Chauhan took out the Fiji Gas/Shop n Save Supermarket sponsored North West Billiards Snooker Association Championship at the Lautoka Club on Saturday.

Chauhan outclassed Shalend Gounder 3-1 in the final.

In the semi-final Chauhan defeated Champion of Champions winner Yogen Prasad 3-2 while Gounder upset former North West champion Mahend Deo by the same score line.

In the final Chauhan took out the first frame. Gounder won the next frame to draw level. Chauhan fired back to win the next two frames to seal victory.

This was Chauhan's 28th North West title win. The Total Fiji sales manager west revealed that his first North West title victory was back in 1983.

Chauhan said after winning the inaugural title he never looked back.

"I defeated Albert Israel in the final back then. I was new to the sport at that time. But that win gave me the confidence and I took up the sport seriously."

"In recent times I have been struggling with my form and I was not able to win a title in the last three years."

"During the practise sessions last week I got my rhythm back. I could have won the final by three straight frames but in the second frame I took a few wrong options and Shalend managed to level."

"He is a good potter and sunk in some incredible shots. However I managed to control my cue ball and did a few breaks to post good scores."

"I was determined to win from the start. Many people had doubted my capabilities since I had not won a title in long time. Now I have proved them wrong."

NWBSA secretary Philip Gock thanked the sponsors for their support. He said NWBSA was back on track.

"We are hoping to organise more tournaments this year," Gock said.

"Many people were thinking that Mahend and Yogen would feature in the final but both Suresh and Shalend pulled off surprise wins. Suresh certainly showed the class of his prime. He was just unstoppable."


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